Floods cut off Miri highway and park


  • Nation
  • Tuesday, 20 Dec 2005

MIRI: Floodwaters more than a metre deep have cut off certain stretches of the Pan-Borneo Highway south of here and flooded the entire Lambir National Park. 

Incessant rain over northern Sarawak on Sunday night and early on Monday morning caused flooding near the Km30 of the highway, which connects Miri to other towns in Sarawak. 

Gale-force winds also uprooted huge trees along the shoreline, and Kuala Baram, about 20km north of here, was also hit by floods.  

As at 1pm yesterday, the highway which runs adjacent to the park was still closed to vehicles. The national park has been declared off-limits until further notice. 

SUBMERGED ROAD: Incessant rain over northern Sarawak on Sunday night and early on Monday morning caused flooding near the Km30 of the highway, which connects Miri to other towns in Sarawak.

Traffic police have diverted traffic from Miri heading south to alternative roads.  

“Motorists are advised to use the Miri-Bintulu Second Coastal Highway and avoid the Pan-Borneo Highway until further notice,” a traffic police spokesman said.  

The same stretch of the Pan-Borneo Highway as well as the park suffered similar flooding around this time last year.  

The park had to be closed for more than a month because of serious erosion and landslides.  

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